Don't take for granted the love this life gives you
When you get where you're going don't forget turn back around
And help the next one in line
Always stay humble and kind ~Tim McGraw
I know sometimes I sound like a broken record. It is so important that we all don't loose our compassion, our humanity in these crazy times. I'm a child of the 60's I admit. Those ideals resonate deep inside me.I know it sounds a bit corny but the revolution really is love. All of these things happening right now in our world are overwhelming its true. So what can we do as an individual?
~ Be kind. Don't judge, everyone is the star of their own movie. I know it is harder these days. Just a simple smile does wonders but with masks you can't see it. Instead say hello, wish someone well. Tell a complete stranger they are beautiful, they are loved.
~ Help when you can. Little things are so important. Be a generous soul. If you have extra share. It doesn't have to be a lot. These times are very hard on many so do what you can.
~ Resist the urge to judge. Resist the urge to be negative. Don't put people in boxes. This is so very important. Once again you don't know what anyone is going through. Be an example. One person at a time.
~ I don't remember where I heard this but it always stuck. Think 10 generations ahead. I have two beautiful granddaughters. I want them to grow to be old women, happy and healthy. Everything we do now effects them. Everything.
Politicians come and go. Ideas change. What is lasting and important to me? The land is always number one. I think I was in sixth grade, early 70's we had a class called Ecology. I was hooked. The earth is all important. Do what you can to make a difference. Even little things count in the end.
Recently I saw a program talking about how birds are having a really hard time right now. They are dying in mass. The scientists are not quite sure why. Insecticides, the massive fires, the cold snap we had back in September. What can we do? I recently adopted a kitty. I have always been a believer in free range kitties but am rethinking. Now Willie Nelson, my kitty will go outside on a leash. Cats are hunters and kill millions of birds. Another thing we can do is feed them. Especially in winter when food is scarce. Willie sits on the bed and watches bird TV now.
I really could go on and on but you get the idea. Some think I am naive. I believe that we can change this world for the better one person at a time. Baby steps. A good friend likes to say, " How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time "
Anyways ......... Enough of that. The wheel is turning and fall is here in the Black Hills. This past summer was so busy here it feels good to slow down. Its taking me a bit to get used to it. After months of trying to keep up I can now relax a bit.
My work bench at the studio has looked like a tornado hit it for months. Im going to spend some time organizing not only my studio at Cheyenne Crossing but also at home. Winter is my time for leather. I bought an antique leather sewing machine last summer so I can finally learn how to use it. I have visions of making motorcycle chaps, pants, long sleeve shirts, beautiful bags and who knows what else. I also have a huge stack of old hats to work on.
I've been working on the Winter Solstice Wolf box. It's shaping up nicely. Every season will be a new selection of things I have made as well as fellow makers. I'll have a sample box ready in a few weeks so you can see what's in it. I'll make 30 boxes this time. 10 are already spoken for, so if your interested drop me a line to reserve one. They will make great presents. The price will be the same, 90.00 which includes shipping.
I've added these wonderful acrylic scarves to my website shop as well as the studio. They are very soft and warm with beautiful southwest colors and designs. Perfect for this time of year.
I started showing Damascus knives a couple years ago in the studio. I've always loved knives, especially Damascus. There is just something about them. These are absolutely beautiful. Each one uniquely hand made.
Starting to build up my jewelry supply as well. This season was one of my busiest ever. I am very grateful for all the good fortune.
I found a whole series of videos the other day on YouTube. I love sharing these finds with you. This one is called Freedom by Green Renaissance.
Here's another good one. This guitar player........ Love this song! Jonathan Byrd ~ Lakota Sioux. This program airs here in South Dakota, highlighting singer songwriters. Its called The White Wall Sessions. There are lots of great videos on YouTube.
OK one more. I really could go on for hours. Those of you who know me know how much I love music and sharing..... Radie Peat is in a band called Lankum. I just discovered this song and its haunted me ever since. So beautiful.
Well, I suppose that's all I have to say today. I still say my prayers to the creator everyday and hope that everyone is staying safe in these troubling times. If your curious about any of the products I have shared today please go to my website shop.
Have a great week my friends.